Lucknow: This is the centenary year of late Padma recipient artist Syed Haider Raza and across India in atleast 100 places there will be exhibitions of his work which will be on display in print to pay him a special ode. The string of exhibitions are being organized by the Raza Foundation, New Delhi. In Lucknow the Kalasrot Art Gallery is currently hosting the art show where several great works of his are on display.
The event was inaugurated in the presence of Hindi poetry thespian Naresh Saxena, Professor Rakesh Chandra, Head of Department, Philosophy and Women Studies, L.U. and Principal & Dean, Faculty of Architecture, AKTU Dr. Vandana Sehgal. In the coming days a special workshop is also lined up under the overall supervision of Rajiv Misra and Naish Hasan. Saxena not just explained the changing landscape of art in the country but also talked of how art was about understanding the language we’ll and having a broad vision because artists see what other’s don’t.
Principal & Dean, Faculty of Architecture, AKTU, Dr Vandana Sehgal said, “I am proud to be part of this event. An exhibit of this nature at an Art gallery is an experience. I did my Ph. D which had a chapter in infinity in architecture and art. Infinity has a relevance in art. It has also had an impact on Hindu mythology. While scholars interpet Raza’s work, but the philosophy apart , his art is very balanced. With the aesthetic principles at the core of his work, it is very difficult to encompass him in words. Appreciate Kalasrot for this event.”
Prof. Rakesh Chandra, Head of Department, Philosophy and Women Studies, L.U. said, “I personally believe that – LU, Arts College and the University of Architecture students should be given an insight into the work of Raza. Especially those who are in a nyway associated with art. Most artworks on display here are signature paintings. While Indian art has been there for ages, Modernity in Indian art was thanks to Raza. Notably the Progressive Bombay movement made a mark, of which Raza was a part. It was Raza’s idea that black is the source of all colours. Today student must experiment on the idea of Raza. If a dot is about concentration, he does not create the depths in the art. Youth of today should be indebted to him because he helped ppl a lot. He had a distinct style despite living in Europe. As a modern global artist, he retained that unique Indian touch taking India beyond its shores.”
Artist Rajiv Misra speaking at the occasion said, “Convenor Sushila Puri has done good work. Children are to be oriented in the art of painting which is very important. I am glad I will be able to interact wit young impressionable minds. Art lovers should understand the idea behind artworks of Raza.”
Shaqeel Ahmed, a close confidante of Raza said,“words fall short to speak about Syed Haider Raza. Arts can be understood or interpreted in seconds but to hone an artistic bent of mind takes ages. Reaching the level of Raza takes centuries.”
Raza Foundation is a non profit organization which was setup in 2001 to push forth the discourse on Modern Art by Syed Haider Raza.
The foundation not just builds a solid basis for youngsters, it also gives artists and writers the right platform. The Raza foundation in these many years has tried to help different forms of art evolve. The event at Kalasrot Art Gallery is on from 21st March to the 23rd of March.